Big crash curtails first event for Australia's new S5000 series

The first event in Australia's new S5000 single-seater series was truncated by a nasty crash for Alex Davison in the feature race at Sandown

Big crash curtails first event for Australia's new S5000 series

Supercars racer James Golding was declared the winner of the inaugural round ahead of ex-Formula 1 driver Rubens Barrichello. Davison was able to walk away from the impact.

The new category for V8-powered one-make Ligiers takes inspiration from the classic Formula 5000 package and is intended as an IndyCar equivalent for Australia.

It put together a 13-car field for its first weekend, headlined by Barrichello's guest appearance.

S5000 used a 'speedway style' qualifying format under which the qualifying session itself just set the order in which drivers could pick their own choice of starting position for the first heat, with that order reversed for heat two and the combined results setting the feature race grid.

Tim Macrow jumped fastest qualifier and polesitter John Martin to win Saturday's opening heat, in which Barrichello had to recover to seventh after a first-lap clash with Bart Mawer and Golding finished third.

Golding then launched from seventh on the grid to second behind early leader Matt Brabham in the second heat, before picking up the lead when Brabham crashed out.

Under heavy pressure from Macrow, Golding held the lead to the finish while Martin charged from 10th to third.

Barrichello lost ground when his engine cut out at the start then came back to fifth behind Davison.

That set the feature race grid order as Macrow on pole ahead of Martin, Golding and Barrichello.

But the main event was blighted by safety cars throughout, initially to retrive Ricky Capo's car after first-lap contact.

At the restart on lap six, leader Macrow locked up into Turn 1 and spun into the gravel.

The safety car immediately came back out so his badly beached car could be retrieved, with Golding now leading from Barrichello and Martin.

But moments after the restart, on lap nine of the planned 25-lap distance, Davison ended up spearing heavily into the wall on the back straight after a touch from Brabham.

While he was able to get out of his wrecked car unaided, the impact caused barrier damage.

"As we crossed paths the front of my nose just touched the crash box that sticks out really far. It just nicked it enough to send him into the wall," Brabham explained.

"I just feel horrible as he is such a good guy.

"It is not like I just punted him up the back. I definitely didn't do it deliberately."

But Davison was unimpressed with Brabham.

"I'm completely fine, I'm just disappointed for [promoter] ARG and S5000," he said.

"I was driving along in a straight line, we'd just got through the kink and Matt hit me from behind. I was a passenger after that.

"It's disappointing that a guy like that forgot that the gas pedal goes backwards as well as forwards."

The race was declared over, with Golding - whose S5000 entry was run by his Supercars team Garry Rogers Motorsport - the winner ahead of Barrichello and Martin.

Brabham was fifth behind Will Brown, who had also clinched the first TCR Australia title earlier in the day.

S5000 is run by TCR Australia promoter Australian Racing Group.

Its inaugural season was initially planned as a six-round calendar starting in May, but was truncated to Sandown and a November event at The Bend due to parts supply problems.

The 2020 calendar will include a race on the bill of ARG's new Bathurst event.

shares
comments
VSCC forced into rare event cancellation due to lack of entries

Previous article

VSCC forced into rare event cancellation due to lack of entries

Next article

Promoted: The Motorsport Show takes place RDS Dublin November 23-24

Promoted: The Motorsport Show takes place RDS Dublin November 23-24
Load comments
The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under Plus

The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under

Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights

General
May 8, 2021
The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Plus

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be

General
Apr 21, 2021
The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan Plus

The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan

Having had the door to F1 slammed in his face and come within three laps of winning the Indianapolis 500, the collapse of a Peugeot LMP1 shot meant Japan was Bertrand Baguette's last chance of a career. But it's one which he has grasped with both hands

General
Feb 27, 2021
The female all-rounder who arrived "too early" Plus

The female all-rounder who arrived "too early"

From Formula 3 to truck racing, Dakar and EuroNASCAR via a winning stint in the DTM, there's not much Ellen Lohr hasn't seen in a stellar racing career that highlights the merit in being a generalist. But she believes her career came too early...

General
Feb 17, 2021
How Radical's latest machines fare on track Plus

How Radical's latest machines fare on track

The lightweight sportscar manufacturer has not rewritten the rulebook with its latest machines, but the new SR3 XX and SR10 still provide a step forward on its previous successful models

General
Feb 8, 2021
The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Plus

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them

General
Jan 31, 2021
How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory Plus

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory

The New Zealand Grand Prix's mix of rising talent and big-name stars thrilled the crowds (yes, remember crowds?) assembled for the Toyota Racing Series meeting at Hampton Downs last weekend and left distant observers craving a repeat

General
Jan 26, 2021
How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going Plus

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going

OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going

General
Nov 24, 2020